We sit, legs crossed, in the space created by the opening of faux accordion-like walls made to separate classrooms.
Today, we will learn our 50 states.
Alphabetically and in a way that I won’t ever forget: Through Music.
The notes from the piano burst forth with excitement, begging any passer to dare walk by without stopping to listen.
A pile of third graders are heaped in front of the most amazing teacher I’ve ever known in my entire four years of real school, not the baby kind of school where you have to take naps still. Nearly a hundred pairs of eyes are turned toward her, eagerly chorusing our newly learned song.
Debbie Hanna. Her fingers dance on the piano in a way that jumps into my soul and makes me want to play right alongside her and sing forever.
I’m enraptured with the melodies of the keys; how each chord seems to echo through the space we occupy. I wonder why they can’t put all knowledge into a song that’s this much fun to learn.
My head bobs from side to side as I sing off each state’s name, loving the way they sound when accompanied by notes.
This is always my favorite part of school: when all of the third grade classes come together in the middle to sing the songs we’ve learned throughout the year. Even the kids that I don’t know and the ones I don’t really think I like too much have this one part of the week in common.
Here, we are one. United. Just like the states we’re learning today.
As the final notes from the piano fade from my ears, our teachers gather us up and take us back to our respective classrooms. I watch as the walls are slid back into place, dividing us once more, and I can’t help wishing that we could leave them open.
Even if just for a little while.
This post was written in reponse to a prompt by The Red Dress Club.
To force you to keep it simple and easy, let’s have a 500 word limit this week.
Disclaimer: I actually did not learn the entire ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ version of the song (and didn’t even know it was ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ that did it originally until I tried finding the song on YouTube!); we simply learned the part with the states that you see in the above video and nothing more.. well, from what I remember, of course. That was a long time ago.. 😉
The important thing is that I still remember ALL the states in alphabetical order, and now I’m going to work on teaching them to my kids as well.